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I was talking to a piano teacher about playing different pianos. He preffered the grand piano to the upright piano. He mentioned something about the bass notes sounding better on a grand piano.
many people seem to view the upright piano as an instrument they buy ony beacuse it cheaper and is smaller than a grand piano.
My question is: is it true that a grand piano does produce the best sound? How would the bass note (which is played in the left hand) sound on an upright  compared to the grand piano?
The bigger the better, they say. Is this true?

Hi Andrew...

On a level playing field, that is in the same manufacturer.

The Grand is superior to the upright...with exceptions.

For instance, the Steinway upright K52 is better than the 5. S grand.

However, the action on a grand, again level playing field, is more efficient than the upright.

The bass in a short grand is never good, however the bass in a professional upright, like the K52 Steinway, or the K800 Kawai, or the U3 Yamaha are superior to the little grand.

Making the generality that bigger is better is true...in the same manufacturer.

A really big Chinese piano isn't better than anything.

Space is always a consideration. Some of my professional pianists with little room opt for the professional studio rather than a grand with good success.

So...at what are you looking? Do you have the room for a grand? what is your budget?

Let's keep at this.

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